“Mommy wake up… I’m hungry… I have to go to the bathroom… I need water… I need a snack… can we go somewhere… can you play with me…?” This is just a few of the many demands I have to meet throughout the day. These cute little humans of mine demand so much attention from me that before I know it, the day is over and I realize that I haven’t even brushed my teeth yet. As moms, we tend to get caught up in caring for everyone and everything else that caring for ourselves gets placed on the back burner.
For me, this is one of my daily struggles. And just recently, I have started to make an effort to remember to take care of my needs. It is not only for the benefit of my children but also for myself. I have noticed that when I don’t make an effort to set time aside for self-care, I am bitter and grumpy. It is also easier for me to lose my patience and snap at my children or husband, which results in not loving them the way that I want them to be loved. Being a mom isn’t easy, and one of the things we need to do to be successful is making self-care a priority in motherhood.
Here is a list of some examples of self-care activities you can do:
- Do a facial mask at home
- Daily skincare routine
- Give yourself a mani/pedi
- Take a nice warm bubble bath while having a glass of wine
- Eat your favorite meal while watching your favorite show
- Watch your favorite movie
- Have some alone quiet time
- Go for a walk or work out
- Complete a DIY project you’ve always wanted to do
- Read your favorite book
- Take a nap when you feel overtired or go to bed early to get up on some zZz’s
- Listen to your favorite music and dance!
- Have a girls day with some friends
- Plan a spa day
But most importantly, whatever hobby or activity makes you happy, schedule the time and do it!
You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.”
I encourage you to make an effort to fit YOU into your daily schedule. Don’t ever fill yourself with guilt because you want to take some time to “re-charge” your batteries. You are NOT selfish. It does not mean that you love your kids or your spouse any less. In fact, you are thoughtful and caring! Because as moms, we need to remember to take care of ourselves first, so that we can have the energy and strength to love and care for our family. Who is going to take care of us if we don’t do it?
What are some activities that you love to do for yourself? Are you someone like me who is working on making this a priority in your life? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!
Until next time.